FAQ

About Our Belt Drives

Why convert to a belt drive?

1. Less Maintenance- Belts don’t need to be lubed regularly, they don’t rust, and if they get dirty just hose them down.

2. Durability- Belts wear slowly and evenly, lasting at least twice as long as chains.  

3. Clean- With no lube, no need to roll up your pant legs when you’re headed to work. Don’t worry about getting your hands dirty when tinkering with your belt.

4. Responsive & Smooth- With no belt stretch you feel the direct transfer of power in every stroke. Feel like you’re gliding on your bike.

5. Lighter- Belts are about twice as light as a chain. Belts are about 80% lighter than a chain, and the sprockets are only slightly heavier.

6. Quiet- The belt drive is so quiet you’ll forget it’s even there.

What are the drawbacks of a belt drive?

Belts don’t work with a derailleur based shifting system. If you want multiple gears, you would have to pair it with an internally geared hub. We do not sell these hubs, but we can recommend what would work best for you.

How long does the Split Belt last?

Belts will last at least twice as long as chains, but often 4x as long depending on care and how you ride it. Some riders have put as much as 20,000 miles on one belt drive system.

Do you run at a high tension like most belt systems?

We do not. With our fully optimized tooth profile on our sprockets, we are able to run at lower tension.

How do you keep your belt from drifting?

With perfect alignment when installing your conversion kit and the guidance on our tensioner, your belt should stay aligned. Our Split Belt Pro will offer a redesigned sprocket profile to provide more guidance as well.

What are the belts made from?

We use carbon fiber reinforced, nitrile rubber belts that are stronger than most belts on bikes currently. 

Do the rivets connecting the belt run into/interfere with the sprockets?

No they do not. If you have riveted the belt correctly then the pins should be flush against the belt and not interfere with the sprockets.

 

 

Product Range and Compatibility

How will I know if I'm getting the right size?

We provide belt to chain teeth equivalence on our sprocket products so you can be sure to get the size you want. Measuring your chainstay length (spindle to rear axle) exactly is important for us to cut you the most optimal size belt for your kit.

What compatibility does Veer offer?

Currently, we only offer the M1 conversion kit that is compatible with a 5-bolt 130BCD crank and a standard 9-spline freehub body (same mounting as Sram and Shimano cassette). Disclaimer: See Split Belt Pro for future compatibility.

Does the tensioner work with a coaster break?

Unfortunately, it does not. Future systems running without tensioners will work.

Do you need the tensioner if you have an eccentric bottom bracket, eccentric hub, horizontal or sliding dropouts?

The current M1 kit requires the tensioner for belt guidance. With the Split Belt Pro release, the tensioner will not be required if you have one of the above.

Does your kit work with full suspension bikes?

Yes, if the chain growth is less than 1.5 cm. If your chain growth is more than 1.5 cm then be on the lookout for our new tensioner coming out with the Split Belt Pro in the Fall.

Is your kit compatible with Electric bike mid-drives?

Our current M1 kit is not compatible with electric bike drives that utilize proprietary sprockets. The Split Belt Pro release will include options for compatibility with popular electric mid drive systems.

 Are you compatible with any other belt drives i.e. Gates, Continental, etc.?

We are not. The belts we splice are only compatible with our proprietary sprockets.

Do you offer higher gear ratios?

We currently only offer a 66-tooth beltring (42-tooth chain equivalent) and 24-tooth rear sprocket (15-tooth chain equivalent) which gives a 2.75:1 ratio. We will be offering a wider range of sprockets for different ratios with the release of our Split Belt Pro.

How to convert from number of chain teeth to belt teeth for calculating sprocket sizes?

Chain teeth x 1.59 = Belt teeth

Is the Split Belt M1 a single-speed conversion kit?

Yes, the Split Belt M1 is meant to convert your drive system to a single speed belt system. We will be offering more options with our Split Belt Pro release. 

Can you use the Split Belt M1 with multiple gears?

No, it is meant to be used as a single speed system. Our Split Belt Pro will offer sprockets compatible with more internally geared hubs, providing up to 14 speeds.

Does your kit fit on bikes with longer or shorter than average chainstay lengths (i.e. tandems, recumbents, etc.)?

It does! We custom cut our belts to length and can provide belts for tandems, recumbents, cargo, etc. Just provide an exact measurement of your chainstay length (spindle to rear axle) and we will do the rest.

 


Split Belt Pro/Future Development

When does your Split Belt Pro release?

We are ramping up to release the Split Belt Pro in the fall of 2018. Be sure to join our mailing list to get updates, info, and specifics of the release.

What compatibilities will your Split Belt Pro offer?

The Split Belt Pro will be compatible with most internally geared hubs (Rohloff, Shimano, NuVinci, Sturmey Archer, etc.), fixed gears, eBike drives, and freewheels. We will be offering more crank compatibilities along with a wider range of sprocket sizes for more ratios. This is not a definitive list and we will slowly be adding more options as demand rises. 

 

 

Purchasing, Shipping and Installation

Can I install your conversion kit myself?

Yes! We recommend having prior knowledge of bike maintenance. You just need our special riveting tool. Otherwise, your local bike mechanic should be able to install it for you.

Do you need a special tool to rivet the belt splice together?

Yes. We sell the riveting tool on our website if you are installing our kit yourself. If you are buying our kit through a bike shop they should have the riveting tool to install it for you.

Is there a dealer or bike shop in my area?

Please contact us at hello@veercycle.com for information regarding your location or contact your local bike shop to reach out to us and we can get them a kit.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do. Shipping costs vary depending on your location.

Can I return my order if I don't like it? What do I need to get a full refund?

Email us at hello@veercycle.com and we can help you with any returns and orders. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
If the product has been purposefully altered or damaged, a refund is subject to the company. If any defect occurs there will be no more questions asked, and a refund will happen.
 

 
 
We want to make sure you benefit from a belt drive conversion. To make sure it’s a perfect match, go ahead and give us a call/shoot us an email at hello@veercycle.com. Or you may fill out the contact box below with you message. Thank you for your time.